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Yin Yang of World Hunger by Deevad Yin Yang of World Hunger by Deevad
Enough food is produced in the world today to feed everyone, but it's not the case... That's the best way to see the total failure of our actual human societies ...

This is what I tried to represent in this picture.

How you can help ? First you can 3min to sign this free online petition on 1billionhungry [link] to express your support against world hunger. That's not a lot, but it helps to see population care about it. Thanks !

Mypaint, Gimp-painter on Linux Mint.
( I did this artwork a year ago, but I post it here now to complete my portfolio on D.A ; more to come soon. )

UPDATE : Making off on my blog , here [link]
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Given 2012-01-01
Yin Yang of World Hunger by ~Deevad Also suggested by *Ev-sta ~ Click on The Hunger Site every day to help provide food for the hungry. Each click is free as the site is sponsored. Read News on Hunger on Bread for the World.org. ( Suggested by TommyGK and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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Schneezahn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015   General Artist
Ok, thats definitly one of  the epicst, political inspired pictures i ever had seen :O !
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ZebMachine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sad but true..! Great vision..!!
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firlefanzzz Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
stunning!!
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godar07 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
!!!
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LeeLeeKelly Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great criticism!
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Lovely-Sassou Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Amazing work.
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EKRing Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
This picture makes me think a lot.  Therefore I love it.  I am not going to pretend to be an art critic or to know anything about art..  But as an average person, who is white and overweight, I would like to say to the artist that I am not at all offended and I find this concept quite thought provoking.  I am even going to save money so I can purchase a print as I would like to use it as part of my teaching portfolio.  
I also like to see the variety of responses to this artwork.  Some people love it, some hate it.  That makes it a truly amazing piece I reckon.  Well done to you!  I hope to see more work like this.
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0choe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student General Artist
guys common this picture doesn't represent that blacks are inferior. The picture telling about who's getting more food wise, and that the world is unequally balanced. Like open your viewing range and don't be super offended.
Stereotypes emerge because of hate and hate leads to inequality.

just,,, yeah gomen for this little preach.
still like the pic tho 
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reicaden Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
why are we always the skinny injured ones? =/ 
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry but I also think the suggestions made in this are too stereotypical. 

Black vs white. Fat vs skinny. It's also obvious that one is supposed to be good and the other is supposed to be bad. 

I mean, I understand the use of the yin and yang symbol and the other elements, since it's all supposed to be about balance. But it's a good idea tarnished by over-used and, in my mind, innacurate imagery.
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EKeehl Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
It's stereotypical because it's true. Aren't the black people the one who are poor (Africa?) Aren't the white people the lazy asses (America?)
It is obviously not true for everybody but for most it is.
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, it's not true for most actually. That is a horribly braod generalization.

Firstly there are plenty of black people living outside of third world countries who are, themselves, fat. Actually in some black cultures it's considered disreable to be fat. And secondly there are plenty of white people who are not. 

Also, being fat does not make someone bad and being skinny does not make someone good. I also feel the need to mention that you must know a lot of those poor black people are sickly, skinny, and dying because their own governments keep the wealth to themselves and don't give a damn.
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EKeehl Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Of course being fat or skinny doesn't say anything about his or hers personality but that isn't what this is about.
I am just trying to say that reality learns us that  _most_ of the time this Yin Yang picture is the sad truth.
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sun-lily Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist
I am sorry if I am out of place, but maybe he was just trying to represent the black and white in the ying and yang symbol nothing more.
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, don't be sorry. I'm sure that was actually the artist's intention.

It's just that the repeated use of such imagery, not just the colour, is becoming more and more apparent to me and I do find it a bit disturbing lately.
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ShoriMatsudai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The world is out of balance isn't it...
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Haebak Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014

I used this for my design. Of course, I gave you the credit, but feel free to tell me if you want me to remove it: haebak.deviantart.com/art/Unde…

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Cestarian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very creative!
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Gozer-The-Destroyor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I'm always amazed when I see fatness used to represent greed or gluttony. It's like, I know so few fat people to whom that stereotype applies, so either I'm sheltered, or you are.

So, first of all, stop applying my body type to things I did not give you permission to apply them to. You slander me and people I love by implying these things about us.

Secondly, the symbol of poor, thin black people (I presume you're trying to represent him as a generic starving African man, since that's the trend) being oppressed by the fat American bully is such a vapid, ignorant goddamn platitude, and it doesn't even make sense. The majority of poverty and starvation in the poorer areas of the African continent (yes, there are actually wealthy areas in Africa, metropolises even!) is due to corruption within their own government, and has nothing to do with the perceived greed of a completely separate continent. Now, WHITE COLONIALISM is something that influences that corruption, but it certainly isn't "corpulent sows over in "Muricka eating all the twinkies" like you seem to be implying in this picture. Oh, and just to slice this bleeding heart piece of shit of yours even deeper, America has its own poverty problems, and a lot of people living below the poverty line are obese. The food available to them is unhealthy, but cheap enough to afford. They are fat, yet starving- and no, that sentence is not a contradiction.

You know nothing about the subjects you're trying to talk about with this vapid example of armchair activism here, and it's really fucking sad because people are... hell, DeviantART ITSELF is praising you for it.
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Phlip627 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
"stop applying my body type to things I did not give you permission to apply them to."

He doesn't need your permission. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but not by their opinion. No matter how controversial that opinion may be. I don't mean this in disrespect, but if everyone needed permission for creative expression we should might as well surrender our creative rights all together.

"America has its own poverty problems, and a lot of people living below the poverty line are obese."

I'm from metro Detroit, born and raised in several different parts of it including Detroit itself. My best friends are in this poverty level that you speak of. You know what, they still stay physically fit because they understand that for the price of a big mac meal, you can buy the ingredients for meals that will last you two or three days. One of them is even a physical trainer for a living now and he started with absolutely nothing. I say this to tell you that what you said there is far more insulting than the way you described the artwork. On top of that, how can you compare a country that has food readily available to countries have practically none and still feel good about yourself?

For all I know we (people with the slightest inherited advantages) may or may not be responsible, but the fact is I don't care. Nothing is going to change the fact that you live in a country where obesity is a burden and someone else lives in a country where starvation is considered normal. I understand you posted this in February, but if you are still bitter about this artwork please let it go.

Food for thought.
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, I think this person was commenting about overweight people being used to represent bad attitudes, idiocy, ignorance, greed, and so on. Whether that's because the people who make this sort of thing thinks fat people are ugly, or whther they're simply using trends in size to make a point, I have no idea.

Being overweight myself, I was also disappointed to see that kind of imagery being used here by an independent artist. While I'm sure that was not the intention, it still gives me a bit of a sad to see it once again for the... I don't know how many times I've seen it.
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Phlip627 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
That is something that neither your or I can really help. I know plenty of overweight people that are amongst the best of personalities I have ever met and it makes me sad to make this argument while keeping their names and faces in mind. But my point still stands, other countries view the U.S. in a similar way that we view them. We may have over weight people, greedy people, ignorant people, the so called yanks we've been considered as... But how do we view People in Canada? Mexico? Or even the middle east? How do we view the people in North Korea? How many jokes have you heard from each of those? You might take offense to it, but realistically it's just the way of the world. Most of our empathy is aimed towards the things we understand, yet we antagonize the very things that repulses us or remains unfamiliar. American obesity can very well be a mass view of repulsion amongst a lot of people in other countries, more specifically third world. I understand that it hurts, because you are part of a demographic that is frowned upon. But keeping things in perspective, if you were to make that argument to a person who doesn't have food readily available, what do you think they would say? More importantly how do you think they would feel if they even saw you or me for that matter? I may not be obese, but the padding I have is enough to be called fat in third world countries.

I don't say what I say in disrespect. But realistically, the scales are unbalanced. One country has people dying of starvation while the next has dietary conditions as a social norm.

So I think the most important question(s) is this... What are you hoping to change or accomplish? How does changing their perception of overweight people change anyone else's life for the better? I think in order to fully defend that idea, you need to understand the perception of others. The artist expressed his opinion. Whether it is remotely related to my statement or not, who are any of us to tell him what to draw?
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm actually Canadian ;)  just fyi, lol.

I don't approve stereotypes in any sense and I try to rebuke each time I come across one. No exceptions. Just because someone else, or even a group of people think certain stereotypes and think it's okay does not make it okay. And it doesn't make it okay for us to excuse as 'everyone else does it', or, you know, something along those lines.

It almost seems like placing blame to me. I'm not just referring to this piece of art, but others along the same vein. Fat people always look bad, fat people are often viewed as less than human in the media. Society always likes to place blame on whatever looks bad. Or at least looks worse than something else.

You're right, of course, we can't tell anyone what to draw or what imagery they should be using. But just because it's art doesn't mean it's free from criticism in the use of it's subjects. 

What I want to do is basically ask the question 'why?'. Why do people who tackle this subject matter always make the fat people white? Why do they always looks to ugly and bad? Why is this person practically sitting upon the other as if they the direct cause to this person's lack of food? Etc.
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Phlip627 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
lol Sorry about that, In fairness I should have checked.

I'm sending the rest via note. Not trying to be disrespectful, I just don't want to spam the page.
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Cestarian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Say what about 'muricans?

This was a mildly informing post I guess on the poverty and starvation status of Africa, but who ever added Americans into the mix?

You don't really think Americans are the only white people in the world; Do you? We're white here in Europe too. You'll also find white people in Asia, Koreans seem pretty white to me in general for one, and that's not even west Asia.

Even if you have some decent points; you're reading too much into certain elements (like white and black) in my opinion. (This wouldn't be a Yin Yang if it wasn't white and black)

Btw, fat is a nice metaphor for greed; since greed is in general taking more than you need, which is one of the reasons people grow fat. Fat used to be symbolic for wealthy though back in the day.
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Starsearl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I fully agree with Cestarian.

I believe this drawing is to represent Ying and Yang, hence the title.
I also believe that this is not display the present racism in the modern world.

True, you do show phrases and comments that can be argued about, but I think the artist was simply thinking of how most people live abundantly while the rest starve watching those who could help and save them, which Deevad states in the description of this amazing work.

I do respect you, Gozer, for sharing to the Internet on how you feel and think, same with Cestarian and me, but I do suggest for you to think a little more about what you post on the internet and not to take things too drastically serious.

Good day to you all, and an incredible work of art Deevad!
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Deevad Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is so amazing. Only one comment of you and my world changed.
Are you a sort of Jesus ?
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0Rose0blood0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
wow this really jots down the level of human compasssion held by over all modern human society. maybe sometime in this life time we can even this out a litttle...maybe
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TopLatinDaddy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
I love this image. It accurately depicts the horror of the state of world today. To me, this image is not about obese people or body image at all. It is about the state of resource and ethnic inequality in the world and the fact that we share one world and that the more opulence there is on one side, more misery will be on the other.
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Actually I think this isnīt the way the world is at all.
In reality the Yin and the Yang are in a perfect balance in our (VERY temporary) capitalistic society on Earth...

Only that in would be one big,fat white/rich person and masses over masses of starving,hurt black/poor people.
Our culture,of which dA is a part as well,just puts persons over people.

But,I wonder,if that big fat white part was dominated by women i.e. the fat person was one,and the starving injured masses of people were more conceived as children (which are-no matter how rich or poor the culture theyīre in-the ones who are suffering and being unrightfully supressed the most),if it were that way,maybe one by one the deepest mammal-not only human,much older- instincts could one day take over...

I think mankindīs ready for the final step of itīs social evolution when it has developed the courage and the wisdom to willingly give force in the hands of those who were the most supressed and the weakest for so long.
Itīs not so much a question of black and white,this Planet must be ruled by men,women and children equally.

It is my religion to believe Iīm gonna live to see that happen.

And the medium I use to express that clearly for the first time (right here) is just another giant leap on our long,hard journey there.It will be known as one of the last,that I am ready to swear.
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Mithferion Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Amazing idea and work!
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cucky126 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You sir, deserve even more likes :D
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C-Patch Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
damn...
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hummbuzz Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
I have featured this image. link :sun:
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Lightpourer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great image!

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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter

yin - yang can say it all....

 

 

Good job!, best wishes, Peter. :)

 

btw: my version: peter-the-knotter.deviantart.c…

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EdodoBird Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
I came across this in Google when I searched up yin yang and it's been on as my phones screen saver for quite a bit I really appreciated it. I'm really thankful I found the artist haha. Thank you it beautiful.
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SaPuddichina Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your words are so true, and it is great you have the will and the possibility to show it through your art. i hope this work will go around the web and make people think! 
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Late-for-tea Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
You really managed to capture the essence of today's society in this image, incredible!
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I-GUYJIN-I Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You have my respect and admiration for this. Thank you.
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ClaudiaSchirmetz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013   Digital Artist
ingenious work and very real! fantastic!
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Sigfriedofgaea Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOLY SCHMIDT... I noticed a LOT of things implied when I saw this picture... some which you may not have intended...

Many of us Americans are sitting around, lazing around, and eating. Doing nothing productive. We even commit the evil of WASTING FOOD, which could easily be given to those who have nothing to eat.

I do see the yin-yang part of this ... white guy with the black plate, black guy with a white bandage (I'm just referencing their current colors here, no racial tags)... but there seem to be two more things...

First, the most obvious, the white guy is a LOT bigger than the black guy, and this would lead me to believe that there is an obvious imbalance in our society (which I TOTALLY get).

Second, which can be plainly seen (but I think it's really something that cannot really be realized until people know where/how to look...), we notice that the white guy is ON TOP OF the black guy, almost crushing him. While this also suggests the obvious imbalance, I actually think it marks a feeling of superiority that one feels over the other (i.e. White Supremacy), crushing him into almost NOTHING. Which is probably why we see the white guy FROWNING down on the black guy.

This is a powerful and amazing piece! You have deeply touched me, and you will continue to touch more with this piece. Thank you for painting this! :D

P.S.: I'd fave this THREE times if I could... so I guess I'll add it to my "Favorites" and "Stuff That Deserves To Be Faved Twice" folder! :XD:
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible.
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fraexcel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my reverence of this piece is beyond soaring
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Snatchi132 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good message. Itīs genius!
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tonilartiste Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
j'adore :) c'est vraiment puissant.
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bryanalcantaradesign Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Magnificent!
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wolfgirl1424 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Wow. Such a harsh truth of the world. Nice job depicting world hunger.
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carpish Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Saw this while flipping through CFSL 07, totally blew me away. Sat there for a few minutes just to take it all in. Incredible.
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Deevad Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks ! I received my copy this morning , and I was delighted to see they made a full page for it. Thanks for following and the feedback !
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